Welcome to the house of sickness! 14th July 2018

What an interesting couple of weeks! As you will all know Pat has unfortunately been ill. Thankfully the pain from the kidney stones has lessened and his medication is down to pain-killers and 1 tablet a day for the shingles pain. You do realise how much your partner does when they are ill and you have to do everything. One thing I did do was cooking 2 meals in one which this week I was very, very thankful for as I got ill. Yep, on Tuesday after lunch I started to feel slightly off and it appears I had some type of stomach bug. Thankfully it didn’t last too long – but I did have to stop eating for over 24 hours (which is where those extra meals came in handy for Pat’s dinner, he just had to reheat), but on Friday I had some toast (with vegemite of course) for breakfast and had no ill effects, however this was after a trip to the chemist for some drugs of my own.

Me with my Venice painting
With my flowers (mine is the top painting)

I was glad that I was feeling much better as I had my student exhibition opening on Friday evening, and event I do look forward to each year and I loved the pictures I had in this year. See the photos below. Pat did come with me, which was nice as I wasn’t sure he would be up to it, but he took some pain killers and survived the hour, with a couple of drinks of orange juice. We also invited some new friends to come, which was great as they ran into some people they knew and really enjoyed themselves.

This morning I’ve been out into the garden, mowing the lawn. Usually one of Pat’s jobs, but he really isn’t up to it, and because of the glorious weather we’ve been having (with the occasional rain shower) the grass has gone berserk. So I was out there with the new lawn mower (I did have to get Pat to fill it with oil and petrol and explain how to start it), unfortunately the rain started (it wasn’t due to tomorrow) so I’ve only got it half done. The rest will have to wait until tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will clear this afternoon as it is Bastille day and there will be lots of firework displays happening this evening. If we are up to it, we may go to one, but they don’t start until late – generally around 11:00 pm – due to it not getting dark to around 10:30 pm.

So for now, à bientôt, from our wonderful part of France – Delia

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